PORTLAND, OREGON (AP) — Damian Lillard had another big performance, scoring a game-high 47 points. But a tough loss and issues with the officiating had the Portland Trail Blazers star in a foul mood.
Luka Doncic scored 27 points to go with nine assists and six rebounds, and the Dallas Mavericks made 22 three-pointers in a 133-125 victory yesterday with a complete team performance that overcame Lillard’s hot shooting.
After picking up a technical foul in the final seconds, Lillard voiced his frustrations with the officiating.
“We’re down by 13 with four minutes left, I was driving for a reverse layup and I got smacked on the head,” Lillard said. “I asked (the referee) why he didn’t call it and he said, all three of us agreed you leaned into him.
“That’s an insult, man.”
One game after scoring a career-high 61 points, Lillard became the first player in franchise history to score 100 points over two games.
“Before the game, I tried to pass a note down to their locker room to tell Lillard that he had my All-Star vote,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said.
“Obviously, he didn’t get the note, but he had my vote before he went for 47 against us. What an amazing player. He’s virtually impossible to stop. He’s got an iron will. He’s obviously a great leader.
“When he’s on the floor they’re hard to beat no matter what.”
The Mavericks needed Doncic, who scored 20 of his points in the first half, and plenty of help in the win.
Dallas had six players make at least three three-pointers, and it was the sixth time this season the Mavericks made 20 3s, with Seth Curry and Jalen Brunson leading the way with four each.
Trevor Ariza scored a season-high 21 in his Portland debut. “I thought he was terrific,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts.
Lillard’s hot shooting alone wasn’t enough to stay in front of a high-powered Mavericks team that has the league’s first-ranked offence. Although Dallas went off for a monstrous 45-point quarter to begin the game, Lillard kept Portland within striking distance.
The Mavericks cooled in the second quarter — but only a little bit. They pushed their lead to as high as 17 in the second quarter. Even after missing their last eight three-pointers to end the half, they still led 78-63 at halftime.
After the Mavericks’ lead ballooned to as much as 25 in the third quarter, Lillard got hot again. He scored nine straight points in the third quarter to cut the lead to 11 with under five minutes left in the quarter.
Another three-pointer by Carmelo Anthony cut the lead to eight and it was a 17-0 run before the Mavericks snapped it on a three-pointer from Dorian Finney-Smith with 3:19 left in the third. Dallas led 103-90 after three quarters.